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A commanding officer of an army unit and two soldiers died in a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan Valley, one of the four standoff points in the eastern Ladakh sector, a defence ministry statement said today. The Chinese side also suffered casualties during the face-off with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday night, ANI reported.

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2:11 AM IST Following the violent face-off in Galwan valley in Ladakh between Indian troops and Chinese People's Liberation Army forces, Himachal Pradesh has been put on alert.   An alert has been issued to the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, which border China, to ensure the security of the local population and to collect intelligence to plan the future course of action, said police.   All State intelligence units have also been alerted in this regard, State police spokesperson Khushal Sharma said.   "In view of the recent face-off between PLA of China and Indian Army in Ladakh sector, an alert and an advisory have been issued to the districts of Kinnaur and Lahul-Spiti to take all precautionary measures to ensure the security of the local population and also to collect intelligence so as to plan future of course of action," said Superintendent of Police, Khushal Sharma.

1:51 AM IST In a steep escalation of the ongoing Sino-Indian border face-off in eastern Ladakh, soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attacked and killed 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, on Monday night.   This is the first deadly clash on the 3,488-kilometre disputed border since four Assam Rifles jawans were ambushed and killed by Chinese border guards in October 1975.

10:41 PM IST Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020. 17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.   Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation: Indian Army Statement

10:32 PM IST At least 20 Army soldiers killed in violent face-off in Galwan Valley Read @ANI Story | https://t.co/DmkNYmHIEW pic.twitter.com/Xt2NV0ijvd — ANI Digital (@ani_digital) June 16, 2020

10:00 PM IST Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in face-off in the Galwan valley: Sources confirm to ANI pic.twitter.com/xgUVYSpTzs — ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2020

8:59 PM IST Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of three Indian soldiers who were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan valley.   "Words cannot describe the pain I feel for the officers and men who sacrificed their lives for our country," tweeted Gandhi. "My condolences to all their loved ones. We stand with you in this difficult time," he said.   The Congress on Tuesday issued a statement after reports of killing of three Indian soldiers by Chinese troops, alleging that the Modi government remained a "mute spectator" on Chinese transgressions at three points in Ladakh since April-May, 2020.   "Congress party remains firm that the entire country stands as one to protect India's National Security and our Territorial Integrity at all costs. Let Modi government remember that in our Parliamentary democracy, secrecy or silence is unacceptable on part of our government," said the statement. Words cannot describe the pain I feel for the officers and men who sacrificed their lives for our country. My condolences to all their loved ones. We stand with you in this difficult time. — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 16, 2020

8:44 PM IST India on Tuesday said the violent face-off between the armies of India and China in eastern Ladakh was the result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs said both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement arrived at earlier at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.   "Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.   An Indian Army colonel and two soldiers were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday night, the first such incident involving fatalities after a gap of 45 years.   "We remain firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue," Srivastava said. "At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.

8:37 PM IST BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday asserted that the borders of India will remain intact under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   Addressing the 'Kerala Jan-Samvad' virtual rally, he referred to the India-China face-offs at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh and said during the de-escalation process a violent clash took place with Chinese Army on Monday night.   "Indian Army gave a befitting reply, but unfortunately, we have lost our three army men. I pay homage to them for their sacrifice and I can assure you that under the leadership of PM Modi, Indias territorial integrity will not be compromised," he said. "We now have the political will and our Army is fully equipped to take any adverse (sic)," he said.

8:32 PM IST Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday held two review meetings over developments in eastern Ladakh.   A meeting was held at the residence of Defence Minister in the evening which was attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. The minister held a meeting earlier in the day in which the CDS, External Affairs Minister and three service chiefs were present.   During the ongoing de-escalation process, a violent face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in which an Army officer and two soldiers lost their lives. The face-off took place on Monday night, leading to "casualties on both sides," the Army said in a statement.   "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the statement said.   Senior military officials of the two sides held a meeting to defuse the situation. This is the first violent incident near the LAC since 1975 in which casualties have taken place.

8:22 PM IST #WATCH Borders of India will remain intact&are intact under leadership of PM. During de-escalation process underway in Galwan Valley, Ladakh, violent face-off took place with Chinese Army. Indian Army gave befitting reply. Unfortunately, we lost our 3 army men: BJP Pres JP Nadda pic.twitter.com/kpUiAnONcF — ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2020

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Alert in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur border districts

Following the violent face-off in Galwan valley in Ladakh between Indian troops and Chinese People's Liberation Army forces, Himachal Pradesh has been put on alert.
 
An alert has been issued to the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, which border China, to ensure the security of the local population and to collect intelligence to plan the future course of action, said police.
 
All State intelligence units have also been alerted in this regard, State police spokesperson Khushal Sharma said.
 
"In view of the recent face-off between PLA of China and Indian Army in Ladakh sector, an alert and an advisory have been issued to the districts of Kinnaur and Lahul-Spiti to take all precautionary measures to ensure the security of the local population and also to collect intelligence so as to plan future of course of action," said Superintendent of Police, Khushal Sharma.

20 Indian soldiers killed in face-off with China

In a steep escalation of the ongoing Sino-Indian border face-off in eastern Ladakh, soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attacked and killed 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, on Monday night.
 
This is the first deadly clash on the 3,488-kilometre disputed border since four Assam Rifles jawans were ambushed and killed by Chinese border guards in October 1975.

Indian Army statement

Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020.

17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.
 
Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation: Indian Army Statement

At least 20 Army soldiers killed in face-off in Galwan Valley

India-China border tiff LIVE: Rahul Gandhi condoles deaths of soldiers in LAC clash

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of three Indian soldiers who were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan valley.
 
"Words cannot describe the pain I feel for the officers and men who sacrificed their lives for our country," tweeted Gandhi. "My condolences to all their loved ones. We stand with you in this difficult time," he said.
 
The Congress on Tuesday issued a statement after reports of killing of three Indian soldiers by Chinese troops, alleging that the Modi government remained a "mute spectator" on Chinese transgressions at three points in Ladakh since April-May, 2020.
 
"Congress party remains firm that the entire country stands as one to protect India's National Security and our Territorial Integrity at all costs. Let Modi government remember that in our Parliamentary democracy, secrecy or silence is unacceptable on part of our government," said the statement.

Violent face-off in Ladakh result of China's attempt to unilaterally change status quo in region: MEA

India on Tuesday said the violent face-off between the armies of India and China in eastern Ladakh was the result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs said both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement arrived at earlier at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.
 
"Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
 
An Indian Army colonel and two soldiers were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday night, the first such incident involving fatalities after a gap of 45 years.
 
"We remain firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue," Srivastava said. "At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.

India's borders will remain intact under Modi's leadership: BJP chief Nadda

BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday asserted that the borders of India will remain intact under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
Addressing the 'Kerala Jan-Samvad' virtual rally, he referred to the India-China face-offs at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh and said during the de-escalation process a violent clash took place with Chinese Army on Monday night.
 
"Indian Army gave a befitting reply, but unfortunately, we have lost our three army men. I pay homage to them for their sacrifice and I can assure you that under the leadership of PM Modi, Indias territorial integrity will not be compromised," he said. "We now have the political will and our Army is fully equipped to take any adverse (sic)," he said.

India-China border tiff LIVE: Rajnath Singh holds second review meeting over developments in eastern Ladakh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday held two review meetings over developments in eastern Ladakh.
 
A meeting was held at the residence of Defence Minister in the evening which was attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General MM Naravane. The minister held a meeting earlier in the day in which the CDS, External Affairs Minister and three service chiefs were present.
 
During the ongoing de-escalation process, a violent face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in which an Army officer and two soldiers lost their lives. The face-off took place on Monday night, leading to "casualties on both sides," the Army said in a statement.
 
"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the statement said.
 
Senior military officials of the two sides held a meeting to defuse the situation. This is the first violent incident near the LAC since 1975 in which casualties have taken place.

Borders of India will remain intact under the leadership of PM Modi: BJP President J P Nadda

India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC: MEA

Defence Minister holds back-to-back meetings with military brass over Ladakh situation

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held two-back-to-back meetings with top military brass on Tuesday deliberating on the situation in eastern Ladakh after an Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley.
 
Singh also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the killing of the three Indian Army personnel during Monday night's clash as well as on the overall situation in the region, government sources said.
 
The colonel and the two soldiers were killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley where the two sides have been on a bitter standoff for over five weeks.
 
The Indian Army said there have been casualties on the Chinese side as well.
 
The killing of the Indian Army personnel is the first such incident involving fatalities after a gap of 45 years. Four Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush at Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh along the de-facto border between the two countries in 1975.
 
The first meeting Singh held was attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs, and it carried out a comprehensive review of the ground situation in eastern Ladakh as well as deliberated on India's preparedness to deal with any eventualities, the sources said.
 
It is learnt that the government decided to further ramp up India's military strength in areas like Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh. After the nearly one-hour meeting, Singh gave a briefing to Prime Minister Modi on the overall situation, they said.
 
In the late afternoon, the defence minister held another meeting with Jaishankar, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat. The sources said Gen Naravane presented a detailed report to the defence minister covering various finer details of Monday night's clash in Galwan which continued for several hours, PTI reported.
 
The Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in the standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh. A sizeable number of Chinese Army personnel even transgressed into the Indian side of the de-facto border in several areas including Pangong Tso. The Indian Army has been fiercely objecting to the transgressions, and demanded their immediate withdrawal for restoration of peace and tranquillity in the area. Both sides held a series of talks in the last few days to resolve the row.
 
In their first serious efforts to end the row, Lt General Harinder Singh, the general officer commanding of the Leh-based 14 Corps, and Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin held a nearly seven-hour meeting on June 6. The meeting was followed by two rounds of Major General-level talks.
 
The Indian side has been pitching for restoration of status quo ante and immediate withdrawal of thousands of Chinese troops from the areas which India considers on its side of the LAC.

India’s territorial integrity will not be compromised under the leadership of PM Modi: BJP President J P Nadda

Borders of India will remain intact under the leadership of PM Modi: BJP President J P Nadda

India, China should initiate talks to defuse tensions between two nations: Left parties

The Left parties on Tuesday said India and China should initiate talks to defuse tensions between the two countries in eastern Ladakh. Their remarks came after an Army officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday. The CPI(M) called on the government to come out with an "authoritative statement" to explain what happened in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, and said that high-level talks should be initiated between the two nations to defuse the situation.
 
"It is unfortunate that during the de-escalation process on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, a clash has taken place at the Galwan Valley. This has taken place after the talks between the two sides at a high military-level began on June 6 to discuss the process of disengagement. Both the sides have reported casualties," a statement from the CPI (M) said.
 
The party also expressed deep condolences at the death of an Indian Army officer and two soldiers.
 
"It is imperative that both the governments immediately initiate high-level talks to defuse the situation and advance the process of disengagement on the basis of the agreed understanding on maintaining peace and tranquility on the border," it said.

LIVE: India-China border tiff latest update

'Matter of serious national concern': Congress leader on violent face-off between India and China

Congress leader Anand Sharma on Tuesday said that the violent clash between the Chinese and Indian Army in Ladakh is a matter of serious national concern and that India's security and territorial integrity are non-negotiable.
 
"The violent clash between the Chinese and Indian Army in Galwan valley of Ladakh causing the death of an Indian Commanding Officer and Jawans is a matter of serious national concern. India's security and territorial integrity are non-negotiable," Sharma tweeted.
 
"India stands united behind our armed forces. The country must be taken into confidence urgently. In a Parliamentary democracy, it is expected of the government to brief the leadership of the political parties of the ground situation, considering the grave implications," he added.
 
The face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel. The Indian Army said that "casualties were suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during the de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley, Ladakh.
 
The face-off took place on Monday night, as per the Indian Army.
 
"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in a statement and added that senior military officials of the two sides are currently engaged in a meeting to defuse the situation.
 
After 1975, this is the first violent incident on the India-China border leading to casualties.

Modi govt remained mute spectator on Chinese transgression: Congress

Asserting that there could be no compromises on national security, the Congress on Tuesday accused the Modi government of remaining a "mute spectator" to the Chinese transgressions into Indian territory at three points in Ladakh since April-May 2020.
 
"The Modi government has remained a mute spectator," the party said in a statement issued by its spokespersons Randeep Singh Surjewala after reports of the killing of three Indian personnel by the Chinese Army in the Galwan Valley area a day earlier. "There can be no compromises on India's security and territorial integrity. Reports of Chinese Army moving thousands of troops in the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso lake area (Ladakh) has shocked the entire nation as an audacious attempt on our territorial integrity," the statement added.
 
The Congress also questioned the government "silence" on the issue and echoed party senior leader AK Antony, a former Defence Minister, to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh come forward and tell the country about the stand-off with China.

India-China border tiff LIVE: China lodges protest with India over violent face-off in Galwan Valley

China on Tuesday lodged a protest with India over the June 15 violent face-off between the troops of two countries, which it claimed took place when the Indian personnel crossed the border line for "illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel" leading to serious physical conflict. The protest was "mentioned" during a meeting with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui, Indian Ambassador here Vikram Misri said.
 
"There was a meeting at the (Chinese) foreign ministry during which what happened at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday was discussed, Misri said.
 
When asked if China has lodged the protest, Misri told PTI "yes, it was mentioned in the meeting," but clarified that he was not summoned.
 
"Summon is a wrong word, Misri said when asked whether he was summoned by the Chinese foreign ministry.
 
Asked whether there was any discussion or mention by the Chinese about the casualties on their side, he said our discussion was more about what had happened yesterday but we didn't get into any details about casualties," and added that the situation was still evolving. Luo was the former Chinese Ambassador to India.

LIVE: Second successive review meeting on India-China border tensions concludes

Time for Centre to take some stringent measures, each sign of weakness on our part makes Chinese reaction more belligerent: Punjab CM

Time for Centre to take some stringent measures, each sign of weakness on our part makes Chinese reaction more belligerent: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Coronavirus LIVE update: PM Narendra Modi hints at further reopening of economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hinted that the opening of the economy will continue. However, he cautioned everyone to be mindful of wearing masks and maintaining hygiene and social distancing norms now that offices are re-opening.
 
"We have to always keep in mind that the more we can stop the coronavirus, the more it will stop growing, the more our economy will open up, our offices will open, the markets will open, the means of transport will open, and so will new employment opportunities," the Prime Minister said in his inaugural statement during the sixth video conference with Chief Ministers and representatives of different states and Union Territories (UTs) to take stock of the Covid-19 situation.
 
He hailed the role of the Chief Ministers and the Centre-state cooperation during these trying times. "When India's fight against Covid-19 will be analysed in future, this time will be remembered for how we worked together and served as an example of cooperative federalism," added Modi.
 
He also said that India's mortality rate has been significantly lower than many other countries.

India-China border tiff: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat arrives at residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

June 30 last date to submit entrance exam forms for JNU, IGNOU

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the National Testing Agency has extended the last date for submission of online application forms for entrance examinations to JNU, IGNOU PhD, hotel management to June 30.
 
Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, "In view of the appeals made by the students and the difficult situation arising out of corona pandemic, I have advised the director general of National Testing Agency to extend the last date for submission of online applications for various examinations."
 
The date for submission of online application forms for IGNOU PhD, MBA, UGC NET, Post-graduation programmes of Ministry of AYUSH, Joint UGC NET and ICAR entrance examinations held by Jawaharlal Nehru University has been extended till June 30. Earlier, the last date for submission of application forms for these courses was April 30.

Losses due to coronavirus can be minimised if all rules are followed: PM Modi

India is among countries with least number deaths due to Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and noted that the country minimise its losses if all the rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus are followed.
 
The Prime Minister made the remarks on the first day of his sixth meeting with chief ministers and union territories through video conferencing on ways to deal with crisis created by coronavirus. "The recovery rate has gone above 50 per cent in India. For us the death of even one Indian is unsettling but it is also true that India is one of the countries where there have been least deaths due to Covid-19," he said.
 
"The two weeks of 'Unlock 1' has given us a lesson that if follow all rules and directions, then the country will be able to minimise its losses. To even think of stepping out without a mask or face cover is not right at present. 'Do gaj ki doori', hand-washing and use of sanitisers is of utmost importance. With markets opening and people stepping out, these precautions are even more important," he added.
 
The Prime Minister said that green shoots are visible in the economy because of the efforts made in the last few weeks. He said that timely decisions have helped in containing coronavirus in the country.
 
"Two weeks have passed since Unlock 1. Our experience during this time could be beneficial for us in the future. Today I will get to know ground reality from you. Your suggestions will help in chalking out future strategy," he said. The Prime Minister said that timing matters a lot in overcoming any crisis.

Indian troops again crossed the Line of Actual Control in Galwan Valley: People's Liberation Army

Army Chief General MM Naravane arrives at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence

'Chinese side too suffered casualties in violent face-off in Galwan Valley'

The Chinese side have also suffered casualties during the face-off with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday night, according to Global Times Editor-in-Chief, ANI reported.
 
"Based on what I know, Chinese side also suffered casualties in the Galwan Valley physical clash," Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of Chinese state-run media said in a tweet. Meanwhile, Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in Ladakh's Galwan Valley and other areas after the violent face-off last night in which casualties have been suffered by both sides, Army sources said on Tuesday.
 
"I want to tell the Indian side, do not be arrogant and misread China's restraint as being weak. China does not want to have a clash with India, but we do not fear it," said Hu.
 
Earlier today, Indian Army amended its statement regarding the face-off that took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, saying that "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley. According to the Indian Army, the face-off took place on Monday night.
 
"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in a statement.
 
After 1975, this is the first violent incident on the India-China border in which casualties have taken place. Earlier while looking to resolve the dispute over Chinese military buildup, India and China were holding talks in Eastern Ladakh.

LIVE: Rupee drops 17 paise to fresh 6-week low on border tension with China

The rupee dropped by 17 paise to close at a fresh six-week low of 76.20 against the US dollar on Tuesday amid escalation in border tension with China.
 
An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed during a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in the sensitive Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Army said. Forex traders said besides the border tension with China, foreign fund outflows and concerns regarding rising Covid-19 cases also weighed on investor sentiment. The rupee opened the day on a strong note at 75.89 against the US dollar and touched a high of 75.77 later.
 
The local unit, however, pared its sharp gains after reports of violent clash with the Chinese Army. The rupee slid to a low of 76.26 before settling at 76.20 against the US dollar, down 17 paise over its previous close. It had settled at a more than six-week low of 76.03 against the greenback on Monday.
 
Equity benchmark Sensex rose by 376 points, led by gain in index heavyweights HDFC twins, ICICI Bank and Infosys amid strong cues from global equities. The NSE Nifty closed 100.30 points or 1.02 per cent. Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market as they sold shares worth Rs 2,960.33 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data.

Congress Working Committee to discuss stand-off with China and Nepal on June 23

The Congress Working Committee is scheduled to meet on June 23 and will discuss the issue of stand-offs with China and Nepal. The meeting was decided upon after 3 Indian army personnel were killed by Chinese forces in Galwan Valley and Nepal adopted a resolution to print a new map which has Indian territory.
 
Sources in the party said that the incident at the LAC is unacceptable to the party and the relationship with Nepal is at an all time low. Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on the killing of Indian soldiers: "Shocking, Unbelievable & Unacceptable! Will the Raksha Mantri confirm?"
 
Three Indian Army personnel, including an officer, were killed on Monday night during a violent face-off with Chinese People's Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh region.
 
India and China are engaged in a diplomatic resolution of the stand-off. But on Nepal, Congress leader Karan Singh slammed the government for mishandling India-Nepal ties over a resolution in Nepal's House of Representatives to adopt a new map claiming Indian territory.

Sensex, Nifty shrug off India-China tensions, end higher on US Fed hopes

Indian shares shrugged off a momentary jolt from rising Indo-China border tensions to finish higher on Tuesday, as hopes of a fresh liquidity boost from the U.S. Federal Reserve lifted global risk sentiment. The NSE Nifty 50 index ended 1.02% higher at 9,314.00, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex closed up 1.13% at 33,605.22. The rupee ended at 76.21 against the dollar after earlier falling to 76.30, its lowest since April 28.
 
Both the stock indexes rallied more than 2% in early trade before reversing their course to fall over half a percent after the Indian army said one of its officers and two soldiers were killed in a "violent faceoff" on a contested border.
 
Global stocks rose after the US Federal Reserve said it would start purchasing a diversified range of investment grade U.S. corporate bonds on Tuesday, in a bid to secure companies' access to cash and ensure credit market liquidity amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Global liquidity, driven mainly by stimulus in the United States and Europe, has propelled buying from foreign institutional investors in Indian markets, analysts said. Japan's Nikkei jumped nearly 5%, while Asian equities saw its best day since late March.
 
"There was some volatility when news of China came out but those concerns were outweighed soon by the global optimism over the Fed move," said Siddhartha Khemka, head of retail research at Motilal Oswal Securities.

Rajnath Singh briefs PM Modi about killing of three Indian Army men in Ladakh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the prevailing situation in Eastern Ladakh where Indian Army faced multiple casualties during a violent face-off with the People's Liberation Army of China. The Chinese army too faced casualties though the exact figures are yet to be ascertained.
 
Singh met Modi after he held a meeting with External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the three service chiefs in the South Block here to review the current situation following the violent stand-off in the Galwan Valley amid the de-escalation operation. These are the first casualties faced by the Indian Army in clash with the People's Liberation Army since 1975, when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
Singh has asked the service chiefs to explain the current situation in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh and also what course of action should be taken from hereafter diplomatically.

Tell the nation more on India-China stand-off: Former Defence Minister AK Antony PM to Modi

Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to tell the nation on the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh and said "there is more to it than India building a road".
 
"The Prime Minister and the Defence Minister should say more on what has happened as there is more to it than India building a road and China has other motives. There are limitations to what I can say more, as I am a former Defence Minister. Let them say it," remarked the senior Congress leader, who has been the longest-serving Defence Minister in the country.
 
"I am also eagerly waiting to hear what the Centre has to say. For the past few weeks, in certain sensitive areas in Ladakh, the Chinese forces have advanced and are stationed there now. The two countries should settle this amicably," Antony added.
 
Antony was the Defence Minister from 2006 to 2014 in the first and second UPA governments led by Manmohan Singh. Three casualties have been reported on the Indian side in a violent face-off with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The last clash with the People's Liberation Army was reported in 1975 when an Indian patrol was ambushed by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
Former Indian diplomat T.P. Sreenivasan, who hails from the state capital, said one will have to wait and see what China is up to in the post-Covid times.
 
"This time, one can sense a feel of arrogance in the way China has behaved. It's said that no firing has taken place; if so, how come so many casualties? Will have to wait and see what they are up to as in the post-Covid times, USA is helpless and China may be using this as an opportunity to stamp their authority. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, they did it. Now, we have reported loss of lives; so let us wait and see," Sreenivasan said.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh for strong response to Chinese intrusions

Expressing anger over the violent clashes in Ladakh's Galwan Valley leading to loss of three soldiers, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, here on Tuesday, called for a strong response to the repeated violations of the Indian territory by China.
 
"Our soldiers are not fair game that every few days officers and men should be killed or injured defending borders," Singh said reacting to the development on border, which came even as the armies on the two sides were supposed to be in the process of disengagement from the past several days' stand-off. "It's time now for India to stand up to these incursions that are blatant violation of our territorial rights and put a stop to such attacks on our territorial integrity," said the Chief Minister. Every sign of weakness on the part of India would make the Chinese reaction more belligerent, he added.
 
While it was important to defuse the border tension and India was not in favour of war, Singh said the country couldn't afford to show weakness and needed to take a strong stand to deter the Chinese from any further intrusions and attacks on its territories and men.
 
Even after beating the army commanding officer and two soldiers to death, Beijing was feigning innocence and trying to put the blame on India, accusing it of provoking the conflict through 'unilateral actions', the Chief Minister said.

Each sign of weakness on our part makes Chinese reaction more 'belligerent': Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

It is time now for the Centre to take some stringent measures as each sign of weakness makes the Chinese reaction more "belligerent", Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday. His remarks came after an Army officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday.
 
"The happening in the Galwan Valley is a continuation of violations by China. It is time now that the country stands up to these incursions. Our soldiers are not fair game that every few days officers and men are being killed and injured defending our borders," Singh tweeted.
 
"It is time now for the government of India to take some stringent measures. Each sign of weakness on our part makes the Chinese reaction more belligerent. I join the nation in paying tribute to our brave martyrs. The nation stands with you in your hour of grief," he said. The Army said India lost an officer and two soldiers during the violent face-off, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well. The extent of casualties on the Chinese side is not immediately clear.

Shocking, unbelievable, unacceptable: Congress on India-China faceoff

The Congress has termed "shocking" the news of killing of three Indian soldiers including an officer by Chinese sides at the Line of Actual Control in Galwan Valley. Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Shocking, Unbelievable & Unacceptable! Will the Raksha Mantri confirm?"
 
The Congress has been raising the issue and demanded clarity on it. "Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also questioned about the stand-off but we're snubbed by the government," he said. An Indian Army Colonel, the Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion, and two soldiers were killed during a clash with Chinese troops at one of the stand-off points in the Galwan Valley on Monday night.
 
Indian Army in a statement said that during the de-escalation process which is underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night with casualties. "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," Indian Army said. The force further stated that senior military officials of both the countries are currently meeting at the face-off site to defuse the situation.

'Unspecified number of Chinese troops killed in clashes with India in Eastern Ladakh'

An unspecified number of Chinese troops were killed on Monday night in clashes with Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh where both sides have been locked in a face-off since May, IANS reported.
 
Although China remained tight-lipped about its casualties, The Global Times, published by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), admitted that People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops have also been killed. However, he went on to warn India, saying, "I want to tell the Indian side, don't be arrogant and misread China's restraint as being weak. China doesn't want to have a clash with India, but we don't fear it."
 
Beijing has also asked India to restrain from crossing the border. The Chinese media quoted their Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying that he has lodged "solemn representations with the Indian side and urged it to strictly restrain its frontline troops from crossing the border or taking any unilateral action that may complicate the border situation".
 
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian earlier said that Indian troops had crossed the border line twice on Monday, "provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides". While Beijing mentioned that three Indian Army soldiers were killed, it did not specify whether People's Liberation Army suffered any casualties in the clashes.
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Indian troops on Monday had seriously violated the consensus of the two sides by illegally crossing the border. "China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas," the ministry said.

Reports from Ladakh disturbing, PM Modi, Defence Minister should present clear picture: Deve Gowda

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday termed as 'disturbing' the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley and said the government should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue. He sought to know as to how Indian soldiers lost their lives during a de-escalation process and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh should come out with a clearer picture.
 
"Reports coming from #GalwanValley are disturbing. Why did our soldiers lose their lives during a de-escalation process? In national interest, the PM and RM should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue with the Chinese. #LADAKHSTANDOFF," Gowda tweeted.
 
An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed during the confrontation with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the first such incident in the last 45 years that reflected massive escalation in the five- week border row. The Army said India lost an officer and two soldiers during the violent face-off, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well.

We are demanding India to earnestly abide by relevant agreement and strictly restrain their frontline troops: Chinese Foreign Ministry

Imagine how escalated situation must be: Omar Abdullah on killing of Indian soldiers by Chinese army

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said if the Chinese can "shoot dead" three Indian soldiers during the 'de-escalation process', one can imagine how serious the situation must have been in the first place, PTI reported. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said an officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday. According to official sources, there was no firing between the two sides.
 
"If the Chinese shoot dead an Indian army colonel and two jawans during a 'de-escalation process' imagine how escalated the situation must be in the first place," Abdullah said in a tweet.
 
"This is what happens when the media propagates the government line that asking questions is anti-national," he added. When pointed out by a Twitter user that there was no firing at Galwan Valley, the National Conference leader said, "So they were beaten to death? That's even more horrific."
 
The Army said there were casualties on the Chinese side as well but the extent of it was not immediately clear. A large number of Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley and certain other areas of eastern Ladakh for the last five weeks. The incident comes days after Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said both sides have begun disengaging from the Galwan Valley.

Major Generals of India, China talking to defuse situation in Ladakh's Galwan Valley: Army sources

Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in Ladakh's Galwan Valley and other areas after the violent face-off last night in which casualties have been suffered by both sides, army sources said on Tuesday.
 
Indian Army has amended its statement regarding the face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, saying that "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley. According to the Indian Army, the face-off took place on Monday night.
 
"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in a statement and added that senior military officials of the two sides are currently engaged in a meeting to defuse the situation.
 
After 1975 this is the first violent incident on the India-China border in which casualties have taken place. Further details are awaited. Earlier looking to resolve the dispute over Chinese military buildup, India and China were holding talks in Eastern Ladakh.

India-China face-off LIVE: China says Indian soldiers violated consensus

China on Tuesday alleged that the Indian troops twice crossed the border line on June 15 "for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel" which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides, contesting the Indian Army's position that the violent face-off took place between the troops during the "de-escalation process" in the Galwan Valley, reported news agency PTI.
 
According to the Indian Army, an officer and two soldiers were killed in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday during the violent face-off with the Chinese troops, PTI reported.

Asked about the reports of Indian casualties at the contested border, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told PTI in Beijing: "I am not aware of the information you provided."
 
"Our border troops had a high-level meeting and reached important consensus on easing the border situation but astonishingly on June 15 the Indian troops seriously violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides and China has lodged strong protest and representation with the Indian side," Zhao told PTI.

Army Chief General MM Naravane’s planned visit to Pathankot military station has been cancelled: Army Sources

Rajnath Singh meets CDS, service chiefs, EAM over developments in Galwan Valley, Ladakh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar over the recent developments in Eastern Ladakh on Tuesday. During the ongoing de-escalation process, a violent face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, including an officer and two soldiers, in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. According to the Indian Army, the face-off took place on Monday night, leading to "casualties on both sides."
 
"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Army said in a statement.
 
The statement read that senior military officials of the two sides are currently engaged in a meeting to defuse the situation. After 1975 this is the first violent incident on the India-China border in which casualties have taken place.
 
Further details are awaited. Earlier looking to resolve the dispute over Chinese military buildup, India and China were holding talks in Eastern Ladakh. Army sources had said there has been disengagement between Indian and Chinese troops at more locations where they had been in standoff positions for last many weeks now.

Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh

Major Generals of India and China are talking to defuse the situation in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh and other areas after the violent face-off last night in which casualties have been suffered by both sides: ANI reported quoting Army sources

China and India agreed to resolve bilateral issues through dialogue to ease border situation: China Foreign Minister

China and Indian side agreed to resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue to ease the border situation and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas, China's Global Times quotes their Foreign Minister: ANI

Three Indian Army men killed during face-off with Chinese soldiers

Three Indian Army men, including an officer, were killed on Monday night during a violent face-off with Chinese People's Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh region. An Indian Army Colonel, the Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion, and two soldiers were killed during a clash with Chinese troops at one of the stand-off points in the Galwan Valley.
 
Indian Army in a statement said that during the de-escalation process which is underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night with casualties. "The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," Indian Army said. The force further stated that senior military officials of both the countries are currently meeting at the face-off site to defuse the situation.
 
On Monday, Brigade Commander and company level talks happened in Eastern Ladakh between India and China. The talks are happening near patrolling point 14, near the mouth of Galwan Valley and patrolling point 17 at Hot Spring Area.

Casualties suffered on both sides in violent face-off during de-escalation process with China in Ladakh: Indian Army

Army amends statement, says "casualties suffered on both sides" in "violent face-off" during de-escalation process with China in Galwan Valley, Ladakh.
 

China Foreign Ministry calls on India to not take unilateral actions or stir up trouble

China Foreign Ministry, asked about Indian Army reporting casualties in clash with China, calls on India to not take unilateral actions or stir up trouble: Reuters

Zydus Cadila gets USFDA approval to market generic version of Deferasirox tablets

Zydus Cadila, part of Cadila Healthcare group, on Tuesday said it has received final approval from the US health regulator to market its generic version of Deferasirox tablets used in treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions.
 
The approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Deferasirox tablets is for multiple strengths of 90 mg, 180 mg and 360 mg, Cadila Healthcare said in a regulatory filing.

Indore reports 21 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 4,090

A total of 21 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities were reported in Indore on Tuesday. The cumulative count for coronavirus infected individuals has reached 4,090, confirmed a district Health official on Tuesday.
 
The official also said, "178 have succumbed to the disease in the city so far."

North Korea's military threatens to reenter demilitarised areas

North Korea's military on Tuesday threatened to move back into zones that were demilitarised under inter-Korean peace agreements as the country continued to dial up pressure on rival South Korea amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.
 
The General Staff of the Korean People's Army said it's reviewing a ruling party recommendation to advance into unspecified border areas that had been demilitarized under agreements with the South, which would “turn the front line into a fortress.”

Name of a terrorist who recently joined LeT is coming up: IG Police, Kashmir

We've brought her husband, a panch, to Srinagar. We'll give him protection. Appeal to all sarpanches,who are vulnerable, to inform Police for protection, said IG Police Kashmir on woman sarpanch kidnapped by terrorists in Sopore

India 9th largest recipient of FDI in 2019, will continue to attract investments: UN

India received $51 billion in foreign investment in 2019 and was the world's 9th largest recipient of foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2019, according to a report by the UN's trade body.
 
The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report on Monday that a lower but positive economic growth in India in the post-Covid-19 pandemic period and India's large market will continue to attract market-seeking investments to the country.

Sprinter Hima Das nominated for Khel Ratna award

Country's top sprinter Hima Das, who had a stellar 2018, has been nominated for the prestigious 'Khel Ratna' by the state government of Assam. Assam sports secretary Dulal Chandra Das sent the letter of recommendation to the sports ministry on June 5. The 20-year-old from Dhing village in Assam is one of the youngest nominees for Khel Ratna this year. 

Andhra Pradesh FM to present Budget 2020-21 in the state assembly today

Madhya Pradesh cop crushed to death by tractor, 5 arrested

A constable with Madhya Pradesh Police, Prabal Pratap Singh, was crushed to death by a tractor, allegedly involved in black marketing of diesel in Satna's Pathra village where he was investigating the matter, the police said.

Pakistan does not meet minimum requirements of fiscal transparency: US report

Pakistan does not meet the minimum requirement of fiscal transparency, an official US report has said, alleging that the country did not adequately disclose all government-guaranteed debt obligations, including financing to state-owned enterprises for the projects under the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
 
The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways, and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.
 
Launched in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan, it is the flagship project of Xi's ambitious multi-billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

India pledges to construct sanitation facility at Nepal's iconic Pashupatinath Temple

India has pledged to construct a Rs 2.33 crore sanitation facility at the iconic Pashupatinath Temple complex here to improve the infrastructure in the holy shrine for the pilgrims, according to an official statement.
 
The project would be constructed under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership as a high impact community development scheme by India.
 
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Monday between the Indian Embassy, Nepal's Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City for the construction of the sanitation facility at the Pashupatinath Temple, which is also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage site.

US Ambassador to India Ken Juster hands over the first lot of 100 ventilators from USAID to India

Three terrorists neutralised in an encounter with security forces at Turkwangam area of Shopian, today

The Supreme Court said no sale and registration of BS-IV vehicles will be permitted

The Supreme Court said no sale and registration of BS-IV vehicles will be permitted, pulling up automobile dealers association for violating order.
 

Heavy rainfall expected in some districts of Uttarakhand on 18th & 19 June

Heavy rainfall expected in Dehradun, Nainital, Tehri, Pauri, Almora and Pithoragarh districts of the state on 18th and 19 June. Rainfall accompanied by strong winds expected to occur in Nainital and Pithoragarh districts today and tomorrow: IMD, Dehradun

Former Goa minister Achyut Usgaonkar dies

Former Goa minister Achyut Kashinath Sinai Usgaonkar died at a hospital near Panaji on Tuesday following age-related ailments, family sources said.

Insensitive decision: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi over 'ill-advised hikes' in fuel prices


Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain hospitalised for Covid-like symptoms

India adds 10,667 new cases of coronavirus; death toll jumps to 9,900

Active cases: 153,178 (Net addition: 72)
Deaths: 9,900 (Net addition: 380)
Cured: 180,013 (Net addition: 10,215)
Total cases: 343,091 (Net addition: 10,667)

New Zealand reports two new Covid-19 cases

New Zealand, which had eliminated coronavirus just a few days ago after its last active case got cured, has reported two fresh infections.

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire along LoC in Tangdhar sector of J&K's Kupwara district

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire, resort to unprovoked firing towards Indian positions along the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district: Defence spokesperson

Nagaland coronavirus update: 2 new cases in Kohima

2 new Covid-19 positive cases have been reported out of 316 samples tested. All cases are from Kohima QC. The total number of positive cases in the state is 179 including 87 active cases and 92 recovered: Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom

Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at Gujarat govt

Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hits Jammu & Kashmir

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said, the third to hit the union territory in three days.
 
The earthquake occurred at 7 AM and its epicenter was is Tajikistan, according to the officials.
 
Strong tremors were felt in most parts of the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, Kishtwar and Doda districts. Tremors were also felt in Jammu, they said.

Petrol and diesel prices hiked for 10th day in a row

State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Tuesday increased the price of petrol and diesel for the ninth consecutive day as they continued to adjust retail rates in line with costs after an 82-day break from rate revision amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
 

Donald Trump to sign executive orders for US police reforms on Tuesday

Donald Trump to sign executive orders for US police reforms today. Read on...

Haryana CM directs officers to conduct survey of vacant buildings in Gurugram dist so that they can be used for isolation of Covid patients when required

Manohar Lal Khattar also directed to monitor sample testing in private laboratories and to ensure timely uploading of their reports.

Pakistan violated ceasefire along the LoC in Tangdhar Sector today: PRO Defence, Srinagar

Pakistan violated ceasefire along the LoC in Tangdhar Sector today in the early morning hours. Indian Army is retaliating: PRO Defence, Srinagar 

227 Maharashtra cops test positive for coronavirus in last 72 hours

227 police personnel found Covid-19 positive in the last 72 hours in Maharashtra.
 
The total number of cases among police personnel in the state is now at 3,615 including 1,388 active cases and 40 deaths. 2,187 cops have recovered from the virus.

Pune Covid-19 cases rise by 318 to 12,243; death toll 511

With 318 more people from Maharashtra's Pune district testing positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the tally of cases has risen to 12,243, a Health official said on Monday.
 
With 13 more people succumbing to the infection, the death toll mounted to 511.

DGCA permitted 870 chartered flights during lockdown

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said, in addition to facilitating the Vande Bharat Mission, it granted permission to around 870 chartered flights, transporting around two lakh passengers, both inbound and outbound. These charted flights were foreign airlines transporting stranded people to their destinations amid coronavirus lockdown. "In addition to facilitating the Vande Bharat Mission, DGCA granted permission to around 870 chartered flights, transporting around 2 lakh passengers, both inbound and outbound. Several Airlines helped in the humanitarian mission of taking stranded people to their destinations," tweeted the DGCA.

Odisha to conduct door-to-door health screening for Covid-19

In a bid to ensure COVID-19 testing of all symptomatic persons and close contacts of people infected with the novel coronavirus, ASHA and ANM workers have been tasked to conduct door to door health screening in Odisha. "According to the ICMR guidelines, State Government is testing Symptomatic Persons and contacts persons of COVID-19 patients, so in that step, ASHAs and Health Workers will trace the persons with COVID-19 symptoms, through the door to door survey of every house in rural areas and slums of urban areas, so that persons having symptoms whall be tested as early as possible," said Shalini Pandit, Director National Health Mission Odisha.

Trump announces major US troop cut in 'delinquent' Germany

US President Donald Trump has said he is ordering a major reduction in US troop strength in Germany, a move widely criticised by members of his own party as a gift to Russia and a threat to US national security. We're putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers, Trump said at the White House on Monday. The US currently has about 34,500 troops in Germany far fewer than during the Cold War, when Germany was the central focus of American and NATO efforts to deter invasion by the former Soviet Union. In recent decades, Germany has hosted key American military facilities and provided a jumping-off point for troops deploying to the Middle East, including during years of conflict in Iraq.


'Introspect': India slams Pak for raising Kashmir at UNHRC

India has slammed Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and expressed "serious concern" over Pakistan's audacity to accuse others of "effecting a state-sponsored genocide." Exercising its Right of Reply after Pakistan raised Kashmir at the 43rd session of UNHRC, Senthil Kumar, the First Secretary of India's Permanent Mission called out Islamabad for misusing the rights forum and its mechanism and asked the neighbouring country to introspect on its grave human rights situations before extending unsolicited advice to anybody. Drawing the attention of the Council to crimes against humanity in Pakistan, New Delhi stated that enforced disappearances, state violence, forced mass displacement, extrajudicial killings, army operations, torture camps, detention centres, and military camps are a regular feature in Balochistan.

UK begins trial of latest virus vaccine candidate this week

Scientists at Imperial College London will start immunising people in Britain this week with their experimental coronavirus shot, becoming the latest entry into the race to find an effective vaccine to stop the pandemic. In a statement, the British government said 300 healthy people will be immunised with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed at Imperial, which has been backed by 41 million pounds in government funding. So far, the vaccine candidate developed by Imperial College London has only been tested in animals and in the laboratory, where it produced much higher levels of antibodies than would normally be seen in infected people.

155 Indian companies create nearly 125K jobs in US: CII report

As many as 155 Indian companies have invested USD 22 billion in the US, thus creating nearly 125,000 jobs in the country, according to a report issued by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The report, Indian Roots, American Soil 2020, is a state-by-state breakdown of tangible investments made and jobs created by 155 surveyed Indian companies doing business in all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Texas, California, New Jersey, New York and Florida are home to the greatest number of workers in the US directly employed by the reporting Indian companies, the report said.

India says UNHCR's UPR mechanism should not be 'tinkered'

India has termed the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) an effective and visible instrument for the promotion and protection of human rights. Delivering India's National Statement under Agenda on UPR on Monday at the 43rd Session of the UNHRC, Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary, India's permanent mission to United Nation's Office at Geneva (UNOG), said the country strongly believes that the UPR mechanism should not be "tinkered" with, as any such attempt carries the potential of diluting the universal support that it currently enjoys. "It is our firm belief that the UPR mechanism is an effective and visible instrument for the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms," he said.

US FDA ends emergency use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced the withdrawal of the emergency use authorisation for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as treatment for severe Covid-19 patients. The decision on the so-called 'wonder drug' as touted by the US President Donald Trump is taken in the wake of recent clinical trials that showed that the antimalarial drugs were not effective against the coronavirus. "In light of ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other serious side effects, the known and potential benefits" of hydroxychloroquine no longer outweigh those risks, the FDA wrote on its website on Monday.


93rd Oscars postponed to April 25, 2021

In a first in 40 years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the 93rd Oscar Awards, originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, has been pushed back to April 25 of the same year due to coronavirus concerns. "For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control," Variety quoted a statement of Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson.


Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover plans to cut over 1,000 jobs

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the British premium automobile brands owned by Tata Motors, is planning to cut over 1,000 contract-agency jobs amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic pressures. JLR, the UK's largest automotive manufacturer, had on Friday reported a 30.9 per cent drop in sales in the aftermath of the pandemic-related lockdown. It said the cuts were part of its transformation programme to improve operational efficiencies. "Through its ongoing transformation programme, Jaguar Land Rover is taking action to optimise performance and achieve further operational efficiencies to enable sustainable growth and safeguard the long-term success of our business," a company statement read.

Jaguar Land Rover, JLR


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